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    ISBN: 9781772012897 | Paperback

    112 pages | Pub. Date: 20210323
    5.5 W × 8.5 H × .3 D inches
    Frontlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
    Rights: WORLD

The Saddest Music in the World
By Elaine Ávila

Acclaimed Portuguese Canadian playwright Elaine Ávila’s new play, Fado: The Saddest Music in the World, is a tale of love and ghosts set in the back alleys and brothels of old Lisbon. Part concert, part theatre, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity is interwoven with the heartbreaking national music of Portugal known as fado, which means “fate.”

Playing sold-out crowds in Vancouver and Victoria in 2018 and 2019, Fado was honoured on the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Sure Fire List (the Top Twenty-Three Most Producible Plays in Canada by Women) and selected as one of the Top Unproduced Latinx Plays in the U.S. by Fifty Playwrights. Fado won the Award for Favourite Musical in Victoria with B.C.’s own beloved Sara Marreiros playing the ghost of Amália Rodrigues, the Queen of Fado.

Cast of three women and three men.

“[Fado] is a voyage in itself, to the fictitious alleys of a timeless society.”
—Cameron Murton, International Theatre Reviews

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news | 2022-03-08
International Women's Day

…You by Leanne Dunic. Then Now by Daphne Marlatt. Fado: The Saddest Music in the World by Elaine Ávila. …

news | 2021-03-23
We're Mad About Fado!

…We are so pleased to welcome Elaine Ávila’s Fado to Talonbooks! A young Portuguese Canadian … the greatest fadista of all time, Queen of Fado Amália Rodrigues, has just died. Luisa realizes … back alleys and lively cafés, winding through fados of resistance, emigrant fados, queer fados, in … to sold-out crowds in Vancouver and Victoria, Fado is on the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s SureFire … 2018 Top Latinx Plays. Pick up your copy of Fado today! …